Livingston boss Gary Holt has claimed that referee Don Robertson apologised to the Lions team after he didn’t send Filip Helander off for a last-man tumble with Lyndon Dykes.
The Swedish international was caught on his wrong side by the powerful forward and appeared to get himself in a tangle before downing the striker.
Helander was undoubtedly lucky to remain on the pitch, and Holt claims he wasn’t the only one who thought so once the final whistle had gone.
“Yeah. It didn’t help us but I don’t think it cost us the game. We still created enough chances,” said Gary Holt, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“You do want the fine lines and wee breaks to go your way against the bigger teams. It didn’t go our way but it is one of those things.
“He’s apologised to the players and sometimes you have to accept he is man enough to do that. I think he said to the players walking off.
“But attacking and defending we need to be better. We need to get in and score those chances we are creating. You put in all that effort but at the end we are out of the cup.
The decision not to send off Filip Helander was one of several high-profile clashes in a fiery, physical battle at the Tony Macaroni arena which Rangers won 1-0 courtesy of an early Glen Kamara goal.
Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo needed 20 stitches after being elbowed by Livi’s Ricki Lamie around 20 minutes into the game.
Should both sides have ended the match with 10 men?